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2006 Stories by Michael Alan Goldberg

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  • Deck the Halls with Christmas Albums

    published December 13, 2006

    Yule Jukebox It used to be that only country and adult contemporary artists released Christmas albums. These... More >>

  • Otep

    published December 6, 2006

    Otep is the name of both this brutish Los Angeles goth-metal band and its singer. These perennial Ozzfest faves, whose shock-cred has been... More >>

  • DJ Shadow

    published October 4, 2006

    Many people still want DJ Shadow to be the guy digging around in musty basements for obscure funk and soul vinyl, or the hoodied moodmeister... More >>

  • Bullet for My Valentine

    published August 16, 2006

    Easily the second-best band to come out of the UK with the words "my" and "valentine" in its name, Bullet for My Valentine is a four-piece... More >>

  • The Minders / Of Montreal

    published August 9, 2006

    Into Syd Barrett whimsy, Ray Davies melodicism/storytelling, Decemberists charm and Flying Burrito Brothers cosmic country-rock — all pushed... More >>

  • Mary J. Blige

    published July 12, 2006

    Is Mary J. Blige still the reigning queen of hip-hop soul? It was looking iffy a few years ago, when she released her lukewarm Love &... More >>


    published July 5, 2006

    When not causing a dance-rock ruckus with his bass-drums duo Death from Above 1979, mustachioed four-stringer Jesse Keeler likes to team up with... More >>

  • Pete Yorn

    published June 28, 2006

    Second only to the fabled Sports Illustrated cover jinx is the curse of Winona Ryder, whereby most musicians who date the actress —... More >>

  • Rusted Root

    published June 28, 2006

    It's been two lengthy, sob-filled years since Phish swam into the Great Beyond, and no single jam band has since emerged to fill their large,... More >>

  • The Lashes

    published May 10, 2006

    Oh, you Lashes, you make me wanna hate you so! You're six scruffy, skinny, shaggy-haired, Strokesian Seattleites fronted by a singer rarely... More >>

  • Mates of State

    published May 10, 2006

    Nick and Jessica, Eminem and Kim, Lindsay & whomever — jeepers, isn't there one celebrity couple around that can stay together for the... More >>

  • Emo-tional Breakdown

    published April 26, 2006

    It takes a lot of time and dedication to unearth, research, analyze and create excessive hype for all of the next-big-thing bands out there.... More >>

  • Love Will Tear Us Apart

    published April 19, 2006

    Ian Curtis Wants Revenge One recent night, while lying in bed in the darkness of the wee hours, I felt a strange chill pass over me.... More >>

  • André Rieu

    published April 19, 2006

    Most classical-music purists — y'know, those stuffy ol' snobs — have little use for André Rieu, the charismatic... More >>

  • Ambulance LTD

    published April 5, 2006

    The only conceivable way this seven-song EP from Ambulance LTD — released as an appetite-whetter for the quartet's second full-length, due... More >>

  • Loose Fur

    published March 22, 2006

    As you might glean from the title of the second collaboration between Wilco's Jeff Tweedy and Glenn Kotche, and composer/engineer/all-around... More >>

  • Sail Away

    published February 1, 2006

    Rooowwwrrraaaarrrrrooowwwwrrrrr!" A guttural growl straight from the deepest pits of Hell has just emanated from the throat of Melissa... More >>

  • The Toasters

    published February 1, 2006

    Finally, a reason to break out those checkerboard creepers that have been gathering dust in the back of your closet since the mid-'90s third-wave... More >>

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